Clear communication from cardiologists to both general practitioners and patients is an essential component of good clinical practice. Increasingly complex subspeciality areas within cardiology are also further heightening the need for easily understandable communication. Oral communication is extensively taught at medical school and further advanced during specialty training. Yet, while all clinicians endeavour to speak for their patients, they very rarely write for them.
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